Paper: A sketchbook or loose paper at the size you prefer. The larger the paper, the looser and more expressive your work will be. If bringing loose paper, you’ll need to bring a drawing board.
Tools: a mix of drawing media is useful, such as a range of pencils (2B, 4B, 6B, 9B), charcoal (which comes in willow, compressed and pencil forms), conte sticks (compressed ochres and pigments – harder than pastels). You may want to bring a kneadable eraser (for lifting pigment off the page) and a regular eraser. For sharpening your pencils you will need a stanley knife or cutter and a little container for shavings. You may also want to experiment with water soluble graphite or inks. You can also experiment with a range of non-traditional materials, mixing drawing with collage for example and using all sorts of interesting tools. (This list is just a suggestion – you don’t need to invest a lot of money at once.)
No fixatives, oils or volatile substances: Due to WH&S reasons, we don’t allow volatile substances including solvents, oil mediums, oil-based markers and fixatives inside Bunya House. If you want to apply fixative to your drawings to prevent them from smudging, you can do this outside the studio.
Portable easel or small pop-up table: our easels and tables are restricted due to the sanitation requirements at present, but please feel free to bring your own if you have them.